The latest slow-dance special to rule the charts is "Holding Back the Years" by the British group Simply Red, who moved up from last week's No. 2 to bump off last week's No. 1 torch song, Billy Ocean's "There'll Be Sad Songs."
Actually, the string of hit ballads started in late spring, when Whitney Houston reigned for several weeks with "Greatest Love of All." After that, of course, came Madonna's "Live to Tell" and Patti LaBelle's "On My Own" duet with Michael McDonald.
But now there's a new challenger with a real chance of being No. 1--even though it's not a ballad. That song is Genesis' energetic "Invisible Touch," which this week jumped all the way from No. 6 to No. 2, largely on the strength of its No. 1 ranking in radio airplay and a big gain--from No. 15 to No. 7--on the adult contemporary charts.